A DAY after receiving the life changing news that he had secured his dream job with Ford Performance Racing FPR, apprentice mechanic Tom Rann is already looking toward the future.
Determined to forge a career in the highly competitive V8 supercar series the, 21 year-old from Spring Grove has his sights set on working with race engines.
The third-year apprentice landed the job at FPR by taking out the Telstra Racing Recruit series, a competition against other third-year apprentices from around the nation.
But the "team rookie" said he knows he has to start at the bottom and work his way up.
"Ideally I would like to get into the engine tuning side of things, I have always wanted to get into high performance engine tuning," he said.
"But I'm still coming to grips with the news after getting a call from team manager Chris O'Toole."
After the initial excitement Tom said he phoned as many relatives and friends he could think of to share the news, before enjoying a nice family dinner and a few celebratory drinks last night.
"I come from a long line of mechanics - my father and a few of my uncles are mechanics and my family have been so supportive and encouraging throughout the entire racing recruit process."
"I can't wait to start with FPR, particularly after getting a taste of the action on track at Winton this month."
FPR star driver Mark Winterbottom said Tom had impressed the FPR crew throughout the various stages of the Telstra Racing Recruit search and deserved his spot as the rookie on the team for next year's V8 Supercars Championship.
"Working as part of any V8 Supercars team is a tough and demanding job; it's an extreme sport where we all experience both the highs and lows," he said.
"Tom will quickly discover it's a highly addictive and rewarding career path and one that only a handful of people get to experience. I've no doubt he will fit in with our team and make the most of this opportunity."
January 7 will be Tom's first day with FPR as the team prepare for February's Clipsal 500 around the streets of Adelaide.